Paralegal Studies

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Program Description 

The program began in 1974 as one of the first paralegal programs in the United States. The paralegal program prepares students for the growing field of paralegals and legal assistants. This flexible program can be completed in a year and only requires 18 credit hours for completion. Courses are taught by practicing attorneys and judges with professional expertise in specialized areas of law. Most courses are offered at night in order to accommodate those students who may work a full-time job. The paralegal program is also a great preparation for students interested in attending law school. The mission of the paralegal program is to prepare students to become effective, professional, ethical, and productive members of the legal community.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental concepts and procedures of the American legal system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role, value, and limitations of the paralegal in the American legal system. 
  • Demonstrate high standards of legal ethics and professional behavior. 
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct legal research using both formal and informal methods of information retrieval as well as an ability to synthesize and summarize research.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate competently in both written and oral forms in various contexts adapting to audience needs. 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 

Experiences 

The paralegal classes provide an excellent preparation for students wishing to further their education by attending law school. Classes are taught by judges and practicing attorneys.

Outcomes 

Graduates pursue careers in: 

  • Corporate legal departments 
  • Private law offices 
  • Government agencies